We often complain that we don't we don't have models for portraiture practice. But, do we understand models? do we know what it means to be a model and how does it feel to be one?
Well, this is your chance to be both: a model and a photographer. The idea is simple: those attending will be paired with another budding photographer.
One photographer will assume the expected role, and other other will become the model. After 30 minutes the roles will be reversed.
No skill level required, but you should be willing to let your photo-partner take photos of you. All we expect is that you use your 30 minutes effectively: bring zero or more flashes, bring umbrellas or lightboxes, or just shoot with your point-and-shoot. The choice is yours. But remember, you have to set up and take the photos in 30 minutes.
We will meet in the square in front of the McLaurin building (by its cafeteria) at 5:30 PM on Friday Sept 28.
There has been a lot of interest in this meetup that have generated
various questions that I would like to answer.
First, this is an experiment. We (the organizers) are trying a new
type of event. We hope that it is successful, and it if it, we will
schedule more of its type. And, as you can imagine, its success will
depend on all of you. For this reason we will have some rules that
expect you to follow.
The most important rule: we want everybody to have fun!
Only attend if you have RSVP. The number of attendants is already large and more people will make everything more difficult. So please, only attend if you have RSVP (contact me if you have not and want to attend).
This meetup is open to people of all skill levels. I am sure there
will be people with a lot of experience and others who are just
There is a major requirement: you must be comfortable having your
photo taken by another photographer --the same photographer you will
be taking photos of. This also means that you should be comfortable
with those photos being shown to others. In other words, the model
should expect that the photos of her/him could be used to become part
of the portfolio of the photographer. Similarly, the model should
expect that the photographer shares with her/him the photos for
her/his own personal use.
If you are not going to fully participate (and to be a
model/photographer model, then PLEASE, DO NOT COME. We do not want
pairs to have an audience around (who might become a distraction).
LEARNING TO TAKE PORTRAITS
Some of you would have liked to have an introduction to taking
portraits. Unfortunately the skills of the participants are too wide,
and it will be difficult to match them all. My suggestion is that,
based on your skill level, you read/watch one or more tutorials (there
are plenty on the Web) and come prepared with some ideas on what to
try. If you are really new to taking portraits consider doing
something along this video:
We will shoot outdoors. The MacLaurin building and the areas around it
is full of spaces where you can take photos. In case of rain the
building has enough cover spaces to make it feasible (the forecast is
not to rain).
At 5:30 we will randomly select pairs. We will give a brief
introduction to the event, its rules and the expectations. Then pairs
will go and start their photo-sessions.
Each pair will decide who the first photographer is. My suggestion is
that at this point, the model switches off her/his photographer mind
and let the other approach the session as she/he pleases. In other
words, when you are the model, even if you have a lot of experience,
do not coach the photographer. Instead, act like a person who
genuinely wants to have her/his photos taken. The photographer will
take decisions such as where to shoot, and guide the model to pose for
her. Of course all of this should be done with mutual respect.
After 30 minutes the time of the first photographer is up and it will
be time to change roles, and repeat the Photo Session.
At the end of the sessions we will have three choices:
1. Repeat the experience again (selecting new couples). I suspect some
people would have enough for the day, and might want to be
done. Others might be ready for more.
2. Go to a classroom and talk about the experience.
3. Go to Student Union building for a coffee/drink to socialize.
Based on interest we will decide what to do.
We have decided that the October evening meetup will be dedicated to
the showing and discussion of the photos taken during this event. This
will be a great opportunity to see what others did.
Please, if you have any questions, feel free to post them.